Winnipeg, MB – For the fourth year in a row, bicycle riders in Winnipeg can enjoy new and returning events happening around the city for Bike Week Winnipeg. Bike Week Winnipeg presents seven days of bike programming, including city-wide pit stops to service a predicted 4,000 riders participating in the 10th annual Bike to Work Day on Friday, June 23.
“In just its fourth year, Bike Week has already become a popular way for people of all interest levels to explore what cycling in Winnipeg has to offer,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “With seven days of bike programming, Bike Week is a great way to get outdoors, get some exercise and meet some fellow Winnipeggers. In a tight budget year, I was pleased to see Council show its support by making a substantial increase in investment towards active transportation infrastructure that will help improve accessibility and safety across our city.”
“We want to build on last year’s success and make this year’s Bike Week Winnipeg as inclusive as possible, so we’re working to host events that will engage with riders of all ages and skill levels,” said Dave Elmore, Bike Week Winnipeg Project Manager. “Bike week is for everyone.”
New events this year include Ride Outside the Lines (a group ride that celebrates women), a pop-up bike lane tour and a family bike Jam in Riverview. Returning favourites include the 3rd annual Blessing of the Bikes, yoga in the park, the moveable feast and the Assiniboine Park family ride.
Stay alert on your Monday, June 19 bike commute as there will be four pop-up bike thru breakfast stations to start the week. Stations will be set up to greet riders, hand out refreshments and do bike tune-ups from 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the University of Winnipeg, McFayden Park, the Misericordia Health Centre, and Old Market Square.
All week long, there will be group rides, theme rides and lots of opportunities to get some help with tuning up your bike at community bike shops. To cap off the week, DJ Shutter Bug will be spinning tunes while Half Pints serve up the Bike Week exclusive Bikey McBikeface lager at the Celebration Picnic on Friday, June 23, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the front lawn at the U of W.
“Whether you’re looking to be more active, want to ride to work or school, enjoy time with friends and family or just get out and have some fun and fresh air, bicycling is a great option,” said Elmore.
All Bike Week Winnipeg events are open to the public, and free unless otherwise indicated on bikeweekwinnipeg.com